FEMA turns down Nappanee disaster request

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is turning down Nappanee's request for disaster assistance after a tornado destroyed more than 50 homes there last month.

FEMA says damage to the private sector wasn't severe enough to warrant a major disaster declaration and assistance.

Local and state officials say they'll appeal the decision.

The Oct. 18 storm destroyed 51 homes in the city of fewer than 7,000 people.

Another 137 had major damage and 201 had minor damage. A total of 107 businesses sustained damage, including three recreational vehicle plants that are among Nappanee's largest employers.

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